little love letters

dear spring, 
i see you. you're making your way, slowly but surely. keep it coming.

dear emma,
i miss you friend! thank you for taking care of my heart from far away! if you hadn't have already had my love + friendship, you totally would've bought it with this sweet package.

dear sisters, 
thank you for YOU! can't imagine a life without you + thanking my lucky stars every single night for the gift of our friendship.

dear preschool, 
you can't have abel. choose another child.

dear march, 
HOW did you get here so quickly?! wasn't christmas yesterday?

dear isla, 
i could squeeze you too tight, you're my favorite baby in the whole wide world. i love you forever.

dear reader, 
i hope you are having a truly splendid day. i hope it's sunny + warm where you are, and if it's not, i hope you have a cozy fire + a cup of coffee near by.

dear God, 
thank you for my life. thank you for every breath i breathe, for the husband you have so graciously given me. thank you for our sweet kids... ours for keeps?! for real?! thank you forever, for everything, always, amen.

dear anthropologie, 
why don't you believe in legit sales + why are ALL of your home goods on my wish list?

dear travel, 
i hear you calling. husband trips, family trips, girls trips. i hear you.

dear preschool, 
i mean it. you can't have abel. choose another child.

dear lucy, 
tell me you're ready for ballet one more time + i just might HAVE to sign you up. you're the most precious girl, with a most precious name. i love you.

dear clementine,
thank you for this gorgeous artwork. i love it with every last bit of me! you are so talented + i love your name + i love your sister even more(and that's saying something because i really love your name!) thank you thank you thank you!

Homemade Popcorn!

A month or so ago, while Chris was out of town, I had the idea to dust off our popcorn maker + make a batch of homemade popcorn with the kids. I just knew they would have fun pouring stuff in + turning the handle + hearing the kernels pop, and it'd be a fun activity to get us closer to bedtime with Chris away. I was right.
We received our popcorn maker as a wedding gift + at the time I remember not being overly enthusiastic about it... because 22 + the microwave duh. Seriously rolling my eyes at that SO much now though. We used it a couple times as newlyweds, but it mostly just took up space in our cabinet. But now?! NOW, i totally get it. The sweet people who gave it to us were FAMILY FAMILY people. They are so great + they have great kids + they love each other well + they knew when they bought this gift what it could look like a few years after 22 + freshly married. Guys, it hasn't been put back in the cabinet a single time since we pulled it out. This is partially because dishes... + hand washables at that... but MOSTLY because i know we are going to use it again the next night, so even it if gets washed right away, I'll just set it right back on the stove. This has been the best ever, SUCH a fun tradition to start with our kids. I hope they only ever know homemade popcorn!
First we bought the movie theater butter + all the fix-ins. This is the kids favorite way to have it. I think mostly because they like to pick which color bottle they'll use + sprinkle their own.
We usually pop our kernels in coconut oil, and Mine + Chris' favorite way to season it is using melted butter + a little bit of salt! So, so delicious!!
This reminds me... Since we are talking popcorn again on this blog, check out THIS recipe, which would probably be extra delicious to make using homemade popcorn, when you're wanting a sweets fix. Now I'm off to find the perfect popcorn bowl, THESE look cute... Happy popping!